Jonas Mekas - Reminiscences of a journey to Lithuania

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After a twenty-seven year absence, Adolfas and his brother Jonas returned to their birthplace in Lithuania. They had left Lithuania as young men, destined for a German labor camp. Now they came home for a visit, Adolfas with his wife, the singer Pola Chapelle.

 REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA

(DVD PAL interzone) 19,90 euros
16mm, 1972, color, 82'

After a twenty-seven year absence, Adolfas and his brother Jonas returned to their birthplace in Lithuania. They had left Lithuania as young men, destined for a German labor camp. Now they came home for a visit, Adolfas with his wife, the singer Pola Chapelle.

"The film consists of three parts.
The first part is made up of footage I shot with my first Bolex, during my first years in America, mostly from 1950-1953. It shows me and my brother Adolfas, how we looked in those days; miscellaneous footage of immigrants in Brooklyn, picnicking, dancing, singing; the streets of Williamsburg.

The second part was shot in August 1971, in Lithuania. Almost all of the footage comes from Semeniskiai, the village I was born in. You see the old house, my mother (born 1887), all the brothers, goofing, celebrating our homecoming. You don't really see how Lithuania is today: you see it only through the memories of a Displaced Person back home for the first time in twenty-five years.

The third part begins with a parenthesis in Elmshorn, a suburb of Hamburg, where we spent a year in a forced labor camp during the war. After the parenthesis closes, we are in Vienna where I see some of my best friends - Peter Kubelka, Hermann Nitsch, Annette Michelson, Ken Jacobs. The film ends with the burning of the Vienna fruit market, August, 1971.

The soundtrack: For most of the film I speak of myself as a "displaced person," about my relationship to Home, Memory, Culture, Roots, Childhood. There are also a few Lithuanian songs sung by all the Mekas brothers." - Jonas Mekas

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Price: 

19,90 EUR

Publisher: 

Publishing date: 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Runtime: 

82 min

Discs: 

1

Language: 

English

Subtitles: 

English, French and Lithuanian subtitles

Region: 

Multizone

Video: 

PAL

Aspect ratio: 

4:3

Colour: 

Colour

Sound: 

DD2.0